Hi all! If you don't know me, allow me to introduce myself. I'm Josh Rosenblum, ETC's Director of New Media. As of this past February, I have worked for ETC for 11 years! 🤯 I can't believe time has gone by so quickly.
Quick history of my time at ETC(so far):
I was hired in February of 2011 as a performer and teaching artist with Shakespeare in the Schools(SIS). I was soon interviewed to teach after school classes as well, which is when I mentioned I had professional experience with filmmaking and improvisation, which led to a loooong coffee with founding member Tom Mallan. Time flies & before I know it, I'm co-teaching an after school comedy class at Escuela Key, working ETC-on-Film Club, & getting prepped for my first summer working Camp Comedy, & Shakespeare's Shorts (which later became Shake the Screen), tech theatre for Shakespeare Camp, and all the while still performing and teaching for SIS. Whew!
In 2012, I join core staff, and quickly take on responsibilities surrounding ETC's online presence. The Director of New Media position is born! Meanwhile, I'm still teaching, directing camps, & even creating some new programs along the way (Intro to Film & That's a Wrap come to mind...) The years go by, things change(moving offices twice), things stay the same(I'm still running the website).
⏩to 2019: The performance bug bites me hard, so I decide to leave the DMV for warmer climes(Florida), but I can't quit ETC!
Where we are now:
So, I moved to Orlando to pursue performance at the many theme parks, but I'm still working for ETC. During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was already working remotely, and had been thinking of ways to teach online. When ETC programming had to shift, we shifted with relative ease to a fully virtual spring and summer, including some fun ETC-on-Film workshops I led 😁. It was hard not to be in person, but on the bright side, I was teaching for ETC again!
As things return to more fully in-person and programming starts to resemble more and more what it was pre-COVID, I sit here in my air conditioning (yes, it's hot here in March) and reflect on the past 11 years with Educational Theatre Company. I'm so glad to still be with ETC, though more behind the scenes than I was in the past, and I'm so proud to be a part of this amazing company. We are working constantly to bring the arts to the community in whatever ways we can, and I think we've done an amazing job at that, not only the last 2 years, but the last [almost] 24 years.
I can't wait to see the next thing (it's always something), ETC has in store, and I can't wait to be a part of it in whatever way I can, even from afar. So, even if you're not living in Arlington, or the DMV at all, remember that you can be, and are, a part of the ETC community, wherever you are. 💙💛💓
PS: If you want to be featured in any of ETC's social media, or even on our website, share with me your favorite ETC memory, photo, video, or any combination. Josh@EducationalTheatreCompany.org
PPS: We're always looking to get honest reviews and testimonials from members of the ETC community, near, far, old, current, & new.